Rutgers’ president says student group in charge of Snooki appearance urged to reconsider decision

TRENTON – Rutgers University President Richard McCormick said Monday that university staff members asked the student group in charge of arranging entertainment events to “reconsider” their decision to bring Snooki of “Jersey Shore” to the school.

“We were concerned about the appropriateness,” McCormick said about bringing Snooki to the college.

He said staff member of the Rutgers Division of Student Affairs contacted the Rutgers University Programming Association, the student group that ultimately decides how to spend the money and what acts to bring on campus.

He admitted the image of the state’s largest public university did take a beating when it learned that the petite reality-show star received $32,000 in student fees that could have gone elsewhere.

“I hope we learned a lesson from all of this,” he said Monday morning. “But the truth is the students will continue to decide.”

He added that the university does not censor the student group’s decisions about guest speakers.

McCormick said he hasn’t seen Sen. Joe Kyrillos’s bill regarding student fees that was unveiled by the state senator on Friday, and declined commenting on it.  

Rutgers University has about 56,000 students, with about 38,000 students in its New Brunswick campus, 12,000 students in its campus in Newark, and 6,000 students at its Camden campus.

McCormick was visiting the Statehouse Monday morning for a Higher Educational Services hearing before the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee. In addition to being Rutgers’ president, McCormick also serves as president of the New Jersey Presidents’ Council, a group representing presidents of 53 colleges and universities.

Rutgers’ president says student group in charge of Snooki appearance urged to reconsider decision